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US 50 Knitting Needles Review

US 50 Knitting Needles Review


Reviewed by Christine Weiher, Editor,

Being mostly a crocheter I find it quite intriguing to learn more about the knitting world. When I see all the different circular needles and attachments it boggles my mind that such beautiful pieces can be made from these tiny plastic contraptions. What makes me smile and sometimes laugh out loud, are the giant knitting needles like the size US 50 needles from Simplicity.

The Boye Knitting Needles sized at 14 inches and 35.5 cm is certainly some kind of amazing. Having to hold such a large needle in your entire hand might take some practice to get used to, but in the end you'll end up loving it. These plastic knitting needles truly are the set of tools you need in your collection.

The style of these needles feature unique perfection points and are designed not to split yarn. You can easily create more intricate stitches and projects like broomstick lace. You can also use them with bulky yarn for a fabulous winter blanket. 

What you'll really enjoy about these large needles is how lightweight they are. You would think with the size they'd be a bit heavy, but because of the material they are easy to work with. Something to keep in mind though, is that it may be easier for you to work with bulky yarn, otherwise the stitches can become too loose and the strands can catch and warp your project. Everything from knit scarves, to hats and again, blankets; you'll love wrapping up in something cozy made with chunky yarn and size US 50 Knitting Needles from Boye.

BONUS! If you want to make a larger-than-life knitting pattern, be sure to check out Extreme Knitting: Everything You Need to Know About Giant Knitting Patterns.

Have you ever used such large needles? What did you make? Comment below!


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I received a set of these for A Christmas gift from my husband. He and the kids thought it would be rather funny to give me such large needles. I haven't used them yet, nor have I stumbled upon a suitable pattern. If anyone has some pattern suggestions of something useful that would be great. Otherwise I might just use them for a wall decorative art piece in my craft room. As that could be fun to do as well.

At Christmas a few years ago I decided that I would knit afghans for everyone in the immediate family. I used a set of size 50 needles and a pattern from Lion Brand that used 4 strands of Homespun held together. It was a disaster in the making but thank goodness those needles were comfortable and easy to use. I was able to finish at least 5 afghans, continue to use my hands, and felt so proud of my first family knits. Those are still my go-to needles for a quick project.

When I was first learning to knit, my Mom made me a pair of knitting needles from a sections of a (literal) broom handle. She shaped and sanded one end to a blunt point and I knitted a "lace" scarf with white fuzzy yarn for the school crossing guard. It's fun to see these super-large needles and remember that project. I have those needles now in my kit - and realize that she had not thought to add any "stop" on the other end to make sure the stitches didn't fall off! When I use them now, I wrap the ends with rubber bands.

What a treasured memory and wonderful gift!


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